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Workshops and courses

Quay Words short writing course

Writing Crime Fiction with Martyn Waites

Are you a budding crime fiction author? Maybe you fancy giving it a go. Maybe you’re well on the way to finishing your first novel. Whatever stage you’re at, this is the course for you. Taking place once a week over five evenings and covering narrative structure, characterisation, themes, dialogue, atmosphere this course will explore…

Thursday 14 July 6;30 pm - Thursday 18 August 8:30 pm

Quay Voices

with writer-in-residence Sophie Dumont

Join us for the premier of Summer writer-in-residence Sophie Dumont’s commissioned poems created during her Maritime-themed residency. Sophie will be joined on stage by emerging writer participants who took part in her workshops during summer. They will share their own writing, inspired by Sophie’s workshops. You can also ‘save a seat’ here to watch the live stream…

Wednesday 31 August 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Writer event

Quay Words and the International Agatha Christie Festival present author Vaseem Khan

Killing Ghandi, Dante’s Divine Comedy and India at the crossroads

In this session bestselling crime fiction author Vaseem Khan takes us on an exhilarating journey from the last days of the Raj to the heart of modern India. Vaseem’s Malabar House series is set in 1950s Bombay, just a few years after Indian independence, the assassination of Gandhi, and the horrors of Partition, events Vaseem…

Wednesday 14 September 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Free Event

Quay Words and Penned in the Margins present

In Transit by Belinda Zhawi

Experience a new site-specific performance by poet and musician Belinda Zhawi. In Transit will share stories and histories from the River Exe, probing themes of colonialism, migration, industry and the environment. Tracing the movement of tides, and the movement of people, animals and goods, this mesmerising spoken word performance by Zimbabwean-born, London-based Zhawi will blend…

Saturday 17 September 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Writer event

Quay Words in conversation with Greta Stoddart

launching her new collection Fool

Greta Stoddart will launch her new collection Fool, followed by a conversation with the Literature Works team. When knowledge is ours at the tap of a key, what is it we’re accumulating, and is it at the expense of another, more intuitive, kind of knowing? The word ‘fool’ derives from the Latin follis, one of…

Wednesday 12 October 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Workshops and courses

Quay Words, Arvon and Mothership Writers present Writing Motherhood: Inspiration Session

Bring some creative inspiration to your autumn, with a special writing workshop for mums with babies under 18 months run by Emylia Hall. Through lively and thought-provoking exercises, you’ll explore your experience of new motherhood, gain confidence in writing, and harness the power of your own voice. With a maximum of ten participants – and…

Wednesday 19 October 11:00 am - 13:00 pm
Workshops and courses

Quay Words short writing course

Writing Children’s Fiction with Jane Elson

Online via Zoom Saturdays 29th October – 26th November, 11.30 am – 1.30 pm.  £100 full/ £50 concession Write your own brand of middle-grade fiction with children’s author Jane Elson. In this five-week course, Jane will lead you through creative games and exercises to feed your imagination. The course will explore how to build characters,…

Saturday 29 October 11:30 am - Saturday 26 November 1:30 pm
Writer event

Quay Words presents Anthony Joseph

reading from his latest collection Sonnets for Albert

We’re pleased to welcome Anthony Joseph back to Quay Words after his fantastic outdoor set in 2021. Anthony will be reading from his new poetry collection Sonnets for Albert. SHORTLISTED FOR THE FORWARD PRIZE FOR BEST COLLECTION 2022 With Sonnets for Albert, Anthony Joseph returns to the autobiographical material explored in his earlier collection Bird Head Son….

Wednesday 9 November 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm